First Class Racing in Midweek Slideways Sprint

The sixth round of the Slideways Sprint Racing Series and Slideways Ladies Sprint Cup once again tuned on the action under lights at Slideways Go Karting Word Pimpama.

Close racing was the name of the game in both categories, with the Sodi World Series Sprint portion running to the mini-enduro format, with two 15-minute races followed by a 30-minute-long final.

As per all Slideways Sprints, the grid for the opening race determined by a random draw, which was inverted for race two, with combined points determining the line-up for the final.

Coming up next on the schedule of Slideways Race Days is the Slideways Enduro Series on Wednesday August 1st, with a 75min race on the normal track direction.

One week later on Wednesday August 8th the Slideways Sprint Racing Series and Slideways Ladies Sprint Cup resumes with the reverse track direction, while the Slideways Junior Racing Series, featuring Cadets as young as seven years old, returns on Sunday August 19th.

Early bird entries for all Slideways race events receive a free bonus practice race, with more information on all events available on our Gold Coast Go Kart Race Days web page.

Meanwhile in other racing activity at Slideways Go Karting World Pimpama, the Slideways Karting Academy teaches drivers of all ages the finer points of race craft, while lower driver lap times.

Sessions are held weekly, with participants only paying for the on-track portion of the training.

Slideways Sprint Racing Series

The opening race of the evening for the Slideways Sprint Racing saw a familiar face at the top of the charts, with Mick Seeto claiming the win.

In second position was Robert Fernandez after a brilliant defensive drive, just holding out the hard charging Liam Hydes, Jackson Faulkner and Scott Shaw.

Gavin Faulkner was next home, just edging home Phil Edwards and Christian Bishop (fastest on track – 39.819sec).

Keenan Faulkner was next, from Clayton Hydes, Mandeep Anand, Jerimiah Joseph, and Jacques Goodman, who suffered a kart issue on his step up to senior competition.

Bishop meanwhile was pushed all the way home in the second race, claiming the win by only 0.231sec from Jackson Faulkner, who set a best lap time of 39.621sec.

Keenan Faulkner was over 10sec behind the leaders in third, leading home a long train featuring Gavin Faulkner, Goodman, Liam Hydes, Edwards and Seeto.

In ninth was Clayton Hydes, then Fernandez, Shaw, Anand and Joseph.

Jackson Faulkner showed that he is now the man to beat at Slideways Go Karting World in the final, clearing away from the pack to win by 6.927sec with a fastest lap of 39.411sec.

Seeto was second after battling hard with Bishop for the duration.

Running a lonesome race in fourth was Liam Hydes, while Gavin Faulkner was solid to hold on to fifth, beating home Goodman, Fernandez, Edwards and Shaw, who were engaged in a race-long battle.

Keenan Faulkner accidently gave himself a stop-go penalty en route to tenth, then Clayton Hydes Anand and Joseph.

The overall standing for the night reflected the final race podium, with Jackson Faulkner on top from Seeto and Bishop.

The best and fairest for the evening went to Liam Hydes, while Keenan Faulkner scored the encouragement award.



Slideways Ladies Sprint Cup

Although it didn’t feature the biggest grid of the season to date, the Ladies Sprint Cup proved to have the most competitive field.

For the opening 12 lap race, it was Amanda Rohde leading home Olivia Herbison by only 0.554sec in a thriller.

Chloe Buck was close behind in third, then Melissa Thompson and Chantelle Keating, with Rohde’s fastest time of 40.126sec only 0.025sec faster than Herbison’s top time.

Herbison turned the tables in race two, beating home Rohde by 5sec, with Thompson close behind in third after a tight race.

Buck was only three-tenths of a second behind in fourth, with Keating improving her lap times throughout in fifth.

Fastest on track was Herbison with a 40.179sec time.

The final was an absolute cracker, with the podium (and ultimate top-three for the evening) of Rohde, Herbison and Buck covered by 0.630sec at the chequered flag.

Thompson was fourth from Keating, while Rohde was named best and fairest, and Keating picked up the encouragement award.



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